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Tampa's Alex Panteliodis shares draft day with his parents

By the time Florida pitcher Alex Panteliodis was selected Tuesday by the New York Mets in round 9 at No. 282, the left-handed pitcher was in the midst of enjoying a surprise visit from his parents.

"I was in my apartment (when he learned he'd been drafted),''  Panteliodis said Wednesday as the Gators prepared for Friday's NCAA Super Regional against Mississippi State. "My parents actually came up and surprised me. We just sat there and relaxed the whole day. And then we went out to dinner afterwards. We just had a great day.''

Panteliodis said he has already spoken with former Gator Matt den Dekker, who is also in the Mets organization.

"I did talk to him (Tuesday),'' Panteliodis said. "I’m very happy to possibly be playing with an old teammate. I can’t wait to see what happens with that.''

Panteliodis, an Alonso grad, said his focus is strictly on the Gators, who are trying to advance to their second consecutive College World Series. But he's pleased overall about the draft.

"I’m just very happy and pleased that my ability has been able to (surpass) college baseball and I’m just ready to go see what happens after that,'' Panteliodis said.



[Last modified: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 6:45pm]


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